Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Im Mondenschein
Wall' ich auf und ab,
Seh Todtenbein'
Und stilles Grab.

In Geisterhauch
Vorüber schwebt's,
Wie Flamm' und Rauch,
Vorüber bebt's; -

Aus Nebeltrug
Steigt eine Gestalt,
Ohn' Sünd und Lug
Vorüber wallt,

Das Aug so blau,
Der Blick so groß,
Wie in Himmelsau,
Wie in Gottes Schoß,

[Ein]1 weiß Gewand
Bedeckt das Bild,
In zarter Hand
Eine Lilie quillt,

In Geisterhauch
Sie zu mir spricht:
»Ich wandre schon
Im reinen Licht,

Seh Mond und Sonn'
Zu meinem Fuß,
Und leb' in Wonn',
In Engelskuß;

Und all die Lust,
Die ich empfind,
Nicht deine Brust
Kennt, Menschenkind!

Wenn du nicht laßt
Den Erdengott,
Bevor dich faßt
Der grause Tod.«

So tönt die Luft,
So saust der Wind,
Zu den Sternen ruft
Das Himmelskind,

Und eh' sie flieht,
Die weiß' Gestalt,
In frischer Blüth'
Sie sich entfalt':

In reiner Flamm'
Schwebt sie empor,
Ohne Schmerz und Harm,
Zu der Engel Chor.

Die Nacht verhüllt
Den heil'gen Ort,
Von Gott erfüllt
Sing ich das Wort.

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1 Schubert (autograph and first edition 1833): "In"


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Salutacions de la germana", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Groet aan mijn zus", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Sister's greetings", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Salutation de la sœur", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Martin-Beatus Meier , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 52
Word count: 164

Sister's greetings
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In the moonlight
I drift up and down,
I see dead limbs
And a still grave.

In the ghostly breeze
Something floats by,
Like flame and smoke,
It whispers past.

From the deceptive mists
Climbs a figure,
Without sin or falsehood,
And it drifts by.

Those eyes so blue,
That gaze so great,
As in heaven's fields,
As in God's lap!

A white gown
Covers the form;
From its tender hand
springs a lily.

In a ghostly whisper
She speaks to me:
"I wander already
in the pure light.

I see the moon and the sun
at my feet,
And I live in bliss,
With the kisses of angels;

And all the joy
that I feel,
your heart cannot know,
child of Mankind!

...Unless you let go
of this earthly god
before you are seized
by terrible Death."

So the air resounds,
So the wind whistles,
To the stars calls
the child of heaven.

And before she flees,
Her white figure
in fresh flowers
she enfolds.

In pure flames
she floats up,
Without pain or injury,
To the angel's choir.

Night covers
the holy place;
Inspired by God
I sing the Word.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 52
Word count: 192